Vanilla bean zabaglione with berries

You can put any sweet wine in the zabaglione to create the French variation: a sabayon. I like using a late-picked semillon or riesling. At this time of year, use any sliced stone fruit as an alternative for berries with the zabaglione.


  • 4 free-range egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 80ml dry Marsala wine
  • 1 punnet raspberries
  • 1 punnet blueberries
  • 1 punnet blackberries
  • Almond biscotti, chopped


Place yolks, vanilla and sugar in a bowl that will rest easily on the top of a saucepan. Whisk until the mixture is thick and pale.

Place the bowl over the saucepan of gently simmering water (the bowl must not touch the water). Add Marsala to the yolk mix and, using an electric whisk, beat continuously until the mixture forms soft peaks (about 5-8 minutes). The mixture may be served warm, room temperature or chilled but do not leave in the fridge for longer than an hour.

In a mixing bowl, combine the berries. Spoon the zabaglione into four serving bowls or glasses along with the mixed berries. Garnish with almond biscotti and serve.

NOTES: Want something to drink?
Foster e Rocco's sangiovese-based 2014 Rosé, from Victoria's heathcote, is pale pink with flavours of savoury red cherries, dried herbs and a weighty texture from barrel fermentation.

First published in the Good Weekend.

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